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Rent the BCT

Professional Staff, State-of-the-Art Equipment, and Historic Grandeur

Located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, the theater is an ideal space to present music, theater, dance, community events, and private parties.

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Rates for theater rental and labor costs

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Technical Specifications

Stage dimensions and equipment lists

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BCT Movie Partner Program

Your films at the BCT!

A program to encourage film presentations at Bloomington's original downtown movie theater

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Renting the Theater:

The Theater is available for private or public events. To discuss availability or for more information, contact Danielle McClelland, executive director, 812.323.3022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The theater can be placed on "hold" for your event for no more than 14 days. After this time, the date must be secured with a signed contract and a minimum $200/day non-refundable deposit or it will be released.

When planning an event, the primary costs will be associated with rent and technical labor. Please note that the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a union facility, and there is a minimum labor fee for all events. In addition, don't forget to check the list of additional services & equipment at the bottom of the page.

The renter is also required to obtain event liability insurance, which will cost approximately $200-$250.

Rental Fee Schedule:

January & May Sunday* - Thursday Friday & Saturday
Rehearsal/Tech $575 $575
Public Performance $925 $1155

Sept-Dec, Feb-Mar Sunday* - Thursday Friday & Saturday
Rehearsal/Tech $765 $765
Public Performance $1215 $1525

April Sunday* - Thursday Friday & Saturday
Rehearsal/Tech $765 $765
Public Performance $1525 $1525

June-August Sunday* - Thursday Friday & Saturday
Rehearsal/Tech $385 $385
Public Performance $605 $765

*Building Access after 1 PM Only

Technical Staffing:

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a Union-operated facility. All of our technical staff are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artist and Allied Craft Union of the United States and Canada, Local #618. A Union member must be present any time you are in the auditorium, and a minimum $250 labor fee/day is required.

Labor Rates

Tech Director

Tech Director

Stagehand Stagehand
$29/hr $44/hr $21/hr


Loader/Truck in Fee Loader/Truck out Fee Performance Fee
$61 per hour
$92 Sun. & Holidays
$74 per hour
$92 Sun. & Holidays
$78 per performance
$102 Sun. & Holidays

Additional Services and Equipment:

Event listing on Included in rental
Inclusion in press release of upcoming events to regional media Included in rental
Inclusion of poster in Kirkwood Ave. display case Included in rental
Marquee presence (day of show at minimum) Included in rental
Box office services
Stage Extension (adds 6' to front of stage ) $100 + Labor
Projection equipment  (28' x 20' or 16' x 9' screen) $150 use fee
Yamaha C-7 Baby Grand Piano $100 on-stage use

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BCT Box Office

BCT Box Office
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

11am-6pm Monday-Friday
noon-5pm Saturday-Sunday
and at least half an hour into any performance at the BCT